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The holidays are here and socializing is on the menu. Is bad breath cramping your smile? Is it causing you to feel self-conscious and less confident in your social interactions? If so, take heart, you are not alone! Bad breath is fairly common and can stem from a variety of causes. Dr. Hoang Truong and our team at Gateway Oaks Dental in Sacramento, California, are happy to help you overcome your bad breath issues.

To find out what is causing your bad breath (or halitosis), our dentist will thoroughly examine your mouth. The first line of defense is reducing the bacteria in your mouth. Some factors we will look for include plaque and tartar (which is hardened plaque), any fillings in your mouth that may be leaking, whether or not you have dry mouth, or an infection, abscess, or gum disease.

Depending on the cause of your bad breath, we may recommend deep cleanings, root canal or artificial saliva (in the case of dry mouth). In addition to your vigilant brushing and flossing, you may be prescribed an antimicrobial mouthwash. You can also boost healthy saliva production by increasing your water intake and chewing sugar-free gum.

So you see, there is hope for chronic bad breath. At Gateway Oaks Dental in Sacramento, California, we are always excited to help you overcome your oral health issues. If you have chronic bad breath and want to schedule a consultation, please give Gateway Oaks Dental in Sacramento, California, a call at 916-649-0249 today. Dr. Hoang Truong and our team are here to help you restore your smile confidence this holiday season!